How to Engage Citizens

atlantaThe city of Atlanta is making fantastic strides in transforming the city block-by-block, neighborhood-by-neighborhood. Our Cities of Service Hug Your Block initiative is an essential part of our method to harness the power of company and people making an actual, measurable impact on the ground as we intend to win the battle versus urban curse. As an Yume alumnus, I count on the power of citizen service as well as comprehend the considerable influence of individuals working together towards an usual objective. In Atlanta, we aren’t only appealing area participants to volunteer, but additionally inquiring to help us strategy. We wish to make sure things we do are responding to the needs of our residents. The even more time and effort we spend in advance, the much more spent our community participants will be for the long-term.

Atlanta became a participant of the Cities of Solution coalition in 2012, when I signed the Statement of Service and also dedicated to making use of impact volunteering to take on the challenges of area blight as well as emergency situation readiness. I joined the coalition since I value the duty that Cities of Company plays in helping mayors engage person volunteers, forge links across cities, and bring awareness to the concerns that cities are dealing with.

To speed up area revitalization efforts as well as attend to the huge difficulties associated with city blight in Atlanta, We released the Appreciate Your City campaign in 2012. With the support of a Cities of Solution Impact Volunteering Fund give in 2013, we were able to carry out community revitalization projects based upon the Hug Your Block Plan all over the city.

We are sustaining as well as advancing Love Your City via new collaborations with businesses, along with area and also faith-based companies. Due to our demonstrated success in the first year, we received a second round of funding from Cities of Company and also the latest outcomes speak for themselves: to this day, resident volunteers in Atlanta– in collaboration with city agencies and also neighborhood nonprofits– have actually renewed 74 city blocks, cleaned and maintained almost 300 blighted buildings, hauled away more than 2 million pounds of yard waste as well as trash, and also developed 116 eco-friendly spaces and also area gardens. Appreciate Your City is absolutely a motion that is making durable adjustment in the livability of our city and in how people feel about their blocks and also neighborhoods.

Hug Your City is now component of implementing Atlanta’s new master plan, Picture Atlanta, the city’s initially thorough, long-range plan in over HALF A CENTURY, developed with input from a diverse team of greater than 6,000 Atlanta homeowners and also area stakeholders. With Envision Atlanta as our overview, we will certainly remain to address challenges throughout our city, including enhancing public security, emergency situation readiness, opportunities for young people, wellness, and also lowering affliction with service-fueled solutions like Hug Your Block.

We continue to deal with significant difficulties as well as our road to recovery will not be easy. Nonetheless, I am certain that with engaged people, targeted chances, as well as dedicated area leaders, Atlanta will certainly arise stronger compared to ever before.